The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has named Bacolod City the “Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit” for 2021.
It beat out 10 other finalists in the nationwide search’s HUC (highly urbanized city) category.
Organizers said that Bacolod City has been a national finalist of the PCCI Award over the last four years.
Bacolod City’s government was cited by the awards committee of PCCI for its efforts to keep the local economy afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interventions and innovations of the LGU to support local businesses such as a mobile vaccination campaign to inoculate vendors, as well as a 24-hour vaccination drive for the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector and the service industry.
During a virtual ceremony, Mayor Evelio Leonardia accepted the award. This event was attended by PCCI president Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico and Chamber chairperson Alegria Limjoco. It was based at the PCCI Innovation Center in Pasig’s Global City.
Awarding the accolade was a notable highlight of the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo.
Lenoardia was also mayor when Bacolod won a similar award 14 years ago, in 2007.
“This [award] is like a candle in the darkness. This reassures us that when this pandemic is over, we will all be back in business and we will row the boat together. We will accelerate. We will tread that road to recovery altogether,” he said in his acceptance speech,
“We thank you for this inspiration of being the Most Business-Friendly City outside of Metro Manila,” he added.